Statistics to make a point

Average GDP per capita in most economically free countries : 23 325 $US
Average GDP per capita in most economically unfree countries : 3 829 $US
(w/purchasing power parity)
(Heritage Foundation, 2002 Index of Economical Freedom)

Average GDP per capita in most economically free states and provinces : 37 268 $US
Average GDP per capita in most economically unfree states and provinces : 21 056 $US
(Fraser Institute and NCPA, 2002 Economic Freedom of North America)

Average waiting times in Canadian hospitals, 1993 : 9.3 weeks
Average waiting times in Canadian hospitals, 2002 : 16.5 weeks
In comparaison, the average waiting time in the UK in 2002 was 9.4 weeks.
(Fraser Institute, annual “Waiting Your Turn: Hospital Waiting Lists in Canada” surveys Health Insight, “Patient waiting targets and bed blocking”, January 2002)

Homicide rate in Israel, Switzerland and Austria : 1.2, 1.1, 1.5
(European countries with least restrictive gun laws)
Homicide rates in Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany : 2.1, 5.0, 1.8
(European countries with most restrictive gun laws)

Total homicide rate in United States : 7.3
Homicide rate in United States, excluding gun use : around 2.4 (one-third)
Total homicide rate in Canada : 2.0
(U.N. Demographic Yearbooks, U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice’s Vienna Session, Swiss national police)

Improvement in environmental quality indicators since 1980, in US : +18%
Improvement in environmental quality indicators since 1980, in Canada : +17%
Improvement in environmental quality indicators since 1980, in Mexico : 0%
(includes air pollution levels, water pollution levels, waste management, land management, and natural resources)
(Fraser Institute, Environmental Indicators 2002)

Tons of trees necessary to make one ton of milled lumber in industrialized countries : 1.3
Tons of trees necessary to make one ton of milled lumber in developing countries : 2
(“NASA scientists get global fix on food, wood & fiber use”, Nature Magazine, June 2004)

Change in unemployment when minimum wage increases by 10% : +2% to +6%
(Richard Burkhauser, Kenneth Couch et David Wittenberg, “Who Minimum Wage Increases Bite: An Analysis Using Monthly Data from the SIPP and CPS”, Southern Economic Journal, 2000).

Percentage of injury when using different tactics used to resist criminals :
Resisting with a knife – 40.3% injury during a robbery, 29.5% injury during an assault
Non-violent resistance – 35.9% injury during a robbery, 25.5% injury during an assault
Do nothing – 24.7% injury during a robbery, 27.3% injury during an assault
Resisting with a gun – 17.4% injury during a robbery, 12.1% injury during an assault
(This last 17.4% may still seem high, but most of these injuries took place before the victim used his gun – the percentage drops to 6% of injuries after active resistance.)
(Kleck G, “Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control”, 1997).

Approximate number of annual deaths due to War on Drugs : 15 000
(6 000 due to drug impurities, 5 000 by homicides and 4 000 due to AIDS and the laws against the financing of syringe exchanges)
Approximate number of new drug prisoners every year : 200 000
Cost of all drug prisoners to society every year : 9 billion dollars
Cost of the War on Drugs every year : 39.2 billion dollars
(Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco, DRCNet 07/00, Fraser Institute, Dr. Mary Ruwart, Milton Friedman, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drucker, Dr. Ernest, (1998, Jan./Feb.). Public Health Reports,, “Drug Prohibition and Public Health.” U.S. Public Health Service. Vol. 114, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics)

Americans waiting for an organ donation, in 1988 : 16 000
Americans waiting for an organ donation, in 1995 : 75 000
Number of Americans who die on the waiting lists every year : approximately 5 000

Least corrupted countries : Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Iceland, Singapore and Sweden (average economic freedom rating of 1.78)
Most corrupted countries : Bangladesh, Nigeria, Paraguay, Madagascar, Angola and Kenya (average economic freedom rating of 3.11)
(lower is freer)
(Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2002, Heritage Foundation)

Bloodiest tyrants in the 20th Century :
Mao Zedong – communist dictator – 40 million deaths
Adolph Hitler – fascist dictator – 34 million deaths
Josef Stalin – communist dictator – 20 million deaths